Undergraduate Course: Coping and Health Research (PSYL10058)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will provide an advanced understanding of coping theory and research. The relationship between stress and coping will be explored, and the contributions that coping makes to health-related outcomes including subjective well-being, social functioning, and physical and psychiatric health. The main theoretical conceptualisations of stress and coping and methodological issues are considered, and the role of coping in stressful situations and chronic illness are discussed. Specific topics will include the theoretical foundations of coping research; design and measurement issues in coping research; adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies; individual differences in coping with common and extreme stressors; individual differences in coping with chronic illness; and the various applications of stress and coping research
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Psychology Methodology 1 (PSYL10034)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of the course you will be able to:
1. Understand and discuss the theoretical conceptualisations of stress and coping, including models and methods of assessment and current research.
2. Critically evaluate the literature on coping with common and extreme stressors, and understand how coping with stress can be influenced by personal and environmental factors.
3. Understand and be able to discuss critically the evidence for the role of coping strategies in adaptation to chronic illness, and be able to evaluate the claim that coping strategies are potential mediators of the link between antecedents to stress/illness and health-related outcomes.
4. Critically evaluate the evidence for associations between individual differences in coping and health related outcomes.
5. Discuss the various applications and consequences of coping and health research.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Coping; Chronic illness; Stress; Individual Differences; Health
|Course organiser||Dr Patrick Sturt
Tel: (0131 6)51 1712
|Course secretary||Mrs Elizabeth Wright
Tel: (0131 6)50 6272